Former Talking Heads frontman and all-around indie culture royalty David Byrne headlined a show at Le Poisson Rouge in New York last night, put together by the Content Creators Coalition. Established by Cake founding member John McCrea, the nonprofit aims at allowing artists, musicians, and other creators of content to “join together and gain fair treatment from those who profit from their work.”
One of the issues on CCC’s agenda is to help change the laws by which, in the United States, only the composers of songs receive royalties from radio play, and not the performers. To raise awereness of this surprisingly-little-known fact, Byrne performed a cover of “Just A Friend” last night — a classic 1989 jam whose lyrics were written by the rapper, but the royalties most likely went to Philly soul composers Gamble and Huff, the authors of the Freddie Scott tune Biz Markie sampled.
Watch a video of this gem-like performance below: